In preparation for some more work on the project over the coming weekend I looked over some of my past experiments just to get a general idea of what kind of things I think were working or not working. I'm still not completely sure I've got a good handle on the idea of framing more abstract fragments.
I do know that I am going to flip things around from the subconscious choices that have caused me to work with the black side of the project first for every single experiment so far. Just to see what kind of difference it makes overall I'm going to do the "white" side first for the people I'm working with over the weekend. Given that choice I biased review of past experiments on any of the white side. God I have to get better at adding keywords.
It turns out that what I consider some of the most successful fragments on the white side of the project so far just happen to be made the same day I feel I was successful with the same on the black side of the project. I've largely ignored these because I ended up making these with strobes which I now have a strong bias against for the project.
I think these might be some of the strongest examples of what I am after in a more abstract framing so far but I'm still not completely comfortable for some reason. Most of that feeling is coming from a sense that I have to try to hard and focus too much on that one aspect of framing at this point. It doesn't feel natural to me at all. It's almost like that's the only thing I'm focused on. It doesn't just happen yet as sort of an innate reaction.
Maybe that's asking too much. Does it really matter if it feels that way or not? Do I really expect everything to just be some sort of innate reaction or it's not working right? Maybe that's the way I think everyone else's pictures work that I really love. Is that just a fantasy I made up in my own head. Is it more of myself just enjoying thing more when that how it works? The only practical upside I can think of is that if I am too, too focused on framing more abstract fragments of body language and gesture I'll somehow get lost in that aspect and "miss all the other stuff" I should be seeing.
All images made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55mm XF. All but the obvious image 35mm. The odd man out made at 18mm. Processed in LR CC with VSCO FILM06 BW400CN applied on import.